We have an extensive collection of documents relating to the transport history of Greater Manchester.

 

We have virtually every published book on local transport history, technical workshop manuals, around 200 periodical titles, over 2,000 time and fare tables, annual reports and accounts, commemorative brochures, Acts of Parliament, and examples of tickets from all the Greater Manchester operators.

 

Our Collection also includes the unique hand written minutes of SHMD Board, 1898 to 1969. The categories of documents held in our collection are shown below:

Books

We have virtually  every published book relating to Greater Manchester's local transport history, plus a large number of standard transport histories, histories of individual operators and manufacturers, directories and yearbooks.

 

Commemorative Brochures

We have a comprehensive collection of commemorative brochures which often marked the official openings of new transport infrastructure such as garages and bus stations:

 

Ashton-under-Lyne

  • Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation Passenger Transport : 50 years of municipal passenger transport 1902-1952
  • Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation Passenger Transport : Commemorative brochure, 1902-1969

 

Bolton

  • County Borough of Bolton : Corner-stone laying of the new car shed, Bridgeman Street, by Alderman John Miles, JP, Chairman of the Tramways Committee, April 7th, 1909
  • County Borough of Bolton : Abandonment of tramways 29th March, 1947 : commemorative dinner in Transport Department canteen, Shiffnall Street, Bolton : menu
  • County Borough of Bolton : Luncheon on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Transport Undertaking, Town Hall, Bolton, 4th January, 1960 : menu
  • County Borough of Bolton : Programme of proceedings in connection with the celebration of the  Diamond Jubilee of the Transport undertaking, 1900-1960, 4th January, 1960
  • Bolton Corporation Transport : Diamond Jubilee 1900-1960 : brochure to commemorate the undertaking’s Diamond Jubilee, January 1960
  • Bolton Corporation Transport : 1900-1960 : Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, 5th-16th January, Central Works, Carlton Street : guide to the exhibits and works

 

Bury

  • County Borough of Bury : Transport Department souvenir, May 6th, 1935
  • County Borough of Bury : Transport Department Coronation souvenir, 1937
  • Bury Corporation Transport : 50 years of municipal passenger transport operation, 1903-1953
  • County Borough of Bury Transport Department : 66 years of municipal passenger transport operation 1903-1969 : commemorative brochure

 

Greater Manchester

  • Greater Manchester Council and Greater Manchester Transport : The Picc-Vic Project. 1975
  • Greater Manchester Council, Greater Manchester Transport and British Rail : Altrincham Interchange, 1976
  • Greater Manchester Transport : Training Department brochure, August 1977
  • Greater Manchester Transport : Rochdale Bus Station.  1978
  • Greater Manchester Transport : Training Department brochure, November 1978
  • Greater Manchester Transport : Training Department, 1979
  • Greater Manchester Transport and British Rail : Bury Interchange 1980 : brochure commemorating the official opening by HRH Princess Alexandra, of the Bury Interchange, 9th July, 1980
  • Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and Executive : Metrolink 2000 : creation, operation and expansion.  1994
  • Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and Executive : Passenger transport in Greater Manchester : Silver Jubilee 1969-1994 : 25 years of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and Executive.   1995

 

Lancashire United Transport / South Lancashire Transport

  • The Lancashire United Transport and Power Co. Ltd.: Official opening of the new garage and workshops at Atherton, Lancashire, by the Rt. Honble. The Earl of Derby, KG, PC, GCB, on Thursday 11th October 1928 : itinerary
  • South Lancashire Transport Company : the history of the South Lancashire Transport Company and Lancashire United Transport Limited : a souvenir booklet marking the termination on August 31, 1958, of the South Lancashire Transport Company …

 

Leigh

  • Borough of Leigh Jubilee 1899-1949 : Fifty years of municipal progress

 

Manchester

  • Manchester Corporation tramways : Official opening of the Birchfields Road Car Shed : Description of depots, etc., and statistics : 24th July, 1928
  • Manchester Corporation Transport Department : a hundred years of road passenger transport in Manchester : centenary of municipal government.  1935
  • Manchester Corporation Transport Department : Souvenir brochure on the occasion of the abandonment of the last tram service in Manchester on the 10th January 1949  [Title on cover is “A history of Manchester’s Tramways]  1949
  • Manchester Corporation Transport Department : Golden Jubilee of the passenger transport undertaking, 1901-1951
  • Manchester Corporation Transport department : Piccadilly Bus Station : brochure to commemorate the opening of the passenger shelter and bus station, 4th December, 1958
  • Manchester Corporation Transport Department : Diamond Jubilee and unveiling of commemorative plaque on new Head Office, Devonshire Street, Hyde Road, Tuesday, October 31st, 1961
  • Manchester Corporation Transport Department : New Head Office opening by the Rt. Hon. Ernest Marples, MP, Minister of Transport, Friday 22nd March, 1963
  • Manchester City Transport : 68 years of municipal transport.  1969
  • Heaton Park Tramway : Souvenir booklet to mark the official opening by the Lord Mayor of the City of Manchester, Friday 28th March 1980

 

North Western

  • North Western Road Car Company Limited : Twenty five years of private enterprise.  1948
  • North Western Road Car Company Limited : Official opening of the new garage at Buxton on Thursday 19th December 1963 by Cllr. T. G. Gill, Mayor of Buxton.  1963

 

Oldham

  • County Borough of Oldham : Central Omnibus Garage.  1938
  • County Borough of Oldham : Fifty years of passenger transport.  1950

 

Ramsbottom

  • Ramsbottom Urban District Council Transport Department : Golden Jubilee 1913-1963
  • Ramsbottom Urban District Council Transport Department : 56 years of municipal passenger transport operation, 1913-1969

 

Rochdale

  • Rochdale Corporation Passenger Transport : 50 years of municipal transport operation, 1902-1952 : commemorative brochure

 

Salford

  • Salford City Transport : Brochure on the occasion of the official inspection by the Transport Committee of the first delivery of new 8ft wide double deck omnibuses with straight staircase and large platform area, to Salford City transport specification, 21st March 1950
  • Salford City Transport : Commemoration of fifty years of municipal passenger transport in Salford : commemorative luncheon in the City Art Gallery, Salford, … Wednesday, April 18th, 1951
  • Salford City Transport : Commemoration of fifty years of municipal passenger transport in Salford : Golden Jubilee reception to the employees and superannuated employees … 1951
  • Salford City Transport : 50 years of municipal transport operation 1901-1951 : commemoration brochure

 

SELNEC (South East Lancashire and North East Cheshire)

  • SELNEC Passenger Transport Executive : Inaugural Trans-Lancs coach service commemorative brochure, 1970
  • SELNEC Passenger Transport Executive Northern Bus Company welcomes you to this Open day, Sunday, 17th June, 1973  [6 page leaflet]

 

Shearings

  • Shearings Coach and Bus : the Shearings Funday [Brochure for Open Day, 7th October, 1990, including company history]

 

South Lancashire Transport (see Lancashire United)

 

Stagecoach  Manchester

  • Stagecoach Manchester : the end of an era and the beginning of a new generation [closure of Princess Road and opening of new Sharston Depot]  2011

 

Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield Transport and Electricity Board  (SHMD)

  • Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield Transport and Electricity Board. Electricity Department : Souvenir, official opening of the new offices and showrooms of the SHMD Board, Tame Valley, Stalybridge, October 25th, 1938
  • Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield Transport Board : Hyde Bus Station opened 1st July 1960
  • Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield Transport and Electricity Board [Descriptive booklet, 1969]

 

Stockport

  • County Borough of Stockport Tramways and Omnibus Department : Official opening of the new omnibus garage, Heaton Lane, Stockport, Thursday, July 28, 1932
  • County Borough of Stockport : a century of local government in Stockport, 1835-1935
  • County Borough of Stockport Transport Committee : Luncheon in the Town Hall on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the tramways system and the final abandonment of the tramway services, Saturday 25th August 1951
  • County Borough of Stockport Transport Committee : a brief history of the County Borough of Stockport Transport Department.  1963
  • County Borough of Stockport : Transport Department, 1901-1969
  • County Borough of Stockport : Transport Depot phase III  Daw Bank, Stockport : Laying of foundation stone, 7th January 1969

 

Wigan

  • County Borough of Wigan : Record of progress of the transport undertaking during the past fifty years 1901-1951   [Title on cover is “1901-1951 : half a century of municipal passenger transport”]
  • County Borough of Wigan Transport Department : Completion of depot extension, December 1958

 

Legislation and Regulations

Our document cllection includes relevant Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments / Orders, rule books, byelaws and regulations

 

Maps, Plans and Drawings

There are many hundreds of maps, plans and drawings, for routes, buildings, chassis and bodywork, and “deposited plans” for proposed tramways. This includes the huge South Lancashire Tramways map which is pictured below.

 

 

Periodicals

Around 200 periodical titles are held, including the main enthusiast and professional magazines, with long runs of titles such as Buses Illustrated (later Buses), Commercial Motor, Coaching Journal, Motor Transport, and Tramway & Railway World (later Transport World).

 

Records and Reports

Some of the most important items are the unique hand written minutes of the SHMD Joint Board, 1898-1969, and the personnel records, wages books, accident reports and similar internal documents produced by the various transport companies, and not intended for the general public. We also have a set of the Notices and Proceedings of the North Western Traffic Commissioners from 1930.

 

We also have:

  • a comprehensive selection of annual reports and accounts
  • a set of reports from the Transport and Road Research Laboratory
  • around 70 volumes of newspaper clippings compiled by various local operators
  • certificates and trade union membership cards

 

Technical Literature

We have a large collection of technical workshop manuals which are often used to help maintain our vehicles.

 

Tickets

We have a substantial collection of tickets and ticket rolls covering all the operators of Greater Manchester.

 

Time and Fare Tables

Our collection of Greater Manchester's historic timetables and fare tables includes over 2,000 items.

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